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On This Day 1914: Thousands of tents spring up on Shoreham’s Downs.

“Our final On This Day story from Shoreham Army Camp takes us right back to the beginning, 101 years ago when the local papers were discussing the new Camp that had sprung up on the Downs above Shoreham . . .”

One hundred years ago, when Napoleon was threatening these shores, the coasts of Sussex became an armed camp. Today history is repeating itself.

Thousands of tents have appeared on the slopes behind Shoreham housing a ‘motley crew’ of volunteers for Kitchener’s Army. They are training there under Divisional Commander Major General Sir J. G. Ramsay, K. C.B.

Image Courtesy of Graham Booth.
Image Courtesy of Graham Booth.

This ‘hatless brigade’, with no uniform and little equipment, have come from the four corners of England with one determination in common – to make themselves efficient in the quickest possible time. Squad drill and Swedish exercises keep them ‘as fit as fiddles’. They wash their own clothes in cold water and many have named their tents with wonderful titles such as, ‘Haunted Castle’, ‘Dreadnoughts’ and ‘Humming Birds’.

Check out the full story in the West Sussex County Times:

West Sussex County Times 19140926-006

(West Sussex County Times, 26/9/1914)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

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Exhibition moves to Worthing College

11th June: This week the project exhibition, ‘Training for War: Exploring Shoreham Army Camp 1914-1919’ moved to Worthing College for it’s students, teachers and parents to enjoy between the 18th June and 2nd July.

Members of the public will also get a chance to see the display whilst it is up at the College on 20th-21st June and on 27th-28th June between 11am and 5pm.

Hamish installs the boxing dummy.
Hamish installs the boxing dummy.

On show are our graphic displays, finds from the students’ metal-detecting on Slonk Hill and a chance to try out some metal detecting on our mini-field.

The mini-field under construction.
The mini-field under construction.
Installing nails found on Slonk hill by Worthing College students metal-detecting, Sept 2014.
Installing nails found on Slonk hill by Worthing College students metal-detecting, Sept 2014.

The students of the Creative Media and Production Class will also be displaying the films they created as part of the project on their reactions to what they learnt about the Camp.

Over the next few weeks these films will also be made available on our new website page for Student Films.

We will also be re-posting some of the blogs the students kept about their behind the scenes process in creating these films.

 

Project website underway

This week we have opened the basic version of our website to the public. You can visit it through the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery website here:
www.worthingmuseum.co.uk/shoreham-army-camp

website screen shot

Over the next three months we will be adding our research  and films created by Worthing college students to this site. Each time a section is complete look out for an announcement here on our blog.

Exhibition and upcoming events

On 25th of April our project exhibition, “Training for War: Exploring Shoreham Army Camp 1914-1919” opened at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery with great success.

Behind the Scenes:

NADFAS volunteer creating our boxing dummy.
NADFAS volunteer creating our boxing dummy.
Volunteers install objects for the exhibition.
Volunteers install objects for the exhibition.

The open day was well-attended with around 60-70 guests including many of our volunteers, partners and supporters.  

Open day visitors

Visitors on the open day explore the exhibits.
Visitors on the open day explore the exhibits.
Project coordinator recruited by Gary Baines, Shoreham Fort!
Project coordinator recruited by Gary Baines, Shoreham Fort!

Worthing Mayor Vic Walker and Deputy Mayor Michael Donin gave great speeches and the Connaught Theatre hosted a cinema showing of films produced by the students of Worthing College on the project.

The Mayor's speech.
The Mayor’s speech.

Short Exhibition edit of the student films.

The exhibition is open to the public and will remain in Worthing Museum until the end of May 2015. But the project is far from over. Over the next 4 months we are delivering events all over Worthing and Shoreham and will be working on developing a project website which will remain as a lasting legacy for our research.

Our events

18th -28th June:  Project Exhibition up at Worthing College.

5th July: Trench day at Shoreham Fort with Shoreham Sea Scouts.

11th July: pop-up stand at Queen Alexandra Hospital Home’s Open Day

18th July: WW1 Archaeology Open Day at Worthing Museum

8th August: pop-up stands at Shoreham Market

21st August (tbc): Walking tour in Shoreham

2nd September – 3rd October:  Project Exhibition up at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham.

There will be further details updated on the Worthing Museum events page soon.